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CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, as shares pared back gains.
European shares closed mixed on Thursday, after a rally in technology shares was curbed when Nokia released disappointing earnings. Yet more weak U.S. data also weighed on investor sentiment.
Fredrik Nerbrand, head of global asset allocation at HSBC, questions the effectiveness of OMTs and likens them to the "Wizard of Oz".
The collapse in bullion prices may rekindle gold mining takeovers as Chinese companies and other investors step in to rescue small and mid-sized miners.
Russia is a prime investment location because of its massive natural resources, Ivan Glasenberg, the CEO of commodity trader Glencore said on Thursday.
Italian prosecutors stepped up investigations into alleged fraud at Monte dei Paschi bank by ordering police to gather evidence from JP Morgan, one of several foreign lenders linked to the scandal.
The first round of voting in Italy's presidential elections was inconclusive, Reuters reported at midday on Thursday, making a two third majority for the presidential front runner impossible.
International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde will be questioned by a French magistrate in May over an arbitration payment made to a wealthy supporter of former President Nicolas Sarkozy, her lawyer said on Thursday.
Germany's lower house of parliament voted overwhelmingly to grant Cyprus a 10 billion euro bailout that is designed to avert bankruptcy.
A break-up of the euro zone is necessary for Europe's future, the Czech Republic's former president told CNBC on Thursday.
Spain's borrowing costs fell after a successful bond auction on Thursday, with the yield for its benchmark 10-year bond at its lowest in three years.
Barclays said its investment banking boss, Rich Ricci, will step down this month and retire from the UK bank in June.
“Time is running out“ for Francois Hollande to save France, says the country’s largest independent asset manager. But will he listen?
Vaclav Klaus, former president of the Czech Republic, says that the euro was a "tragic mistake" and that current politicians will stick to the same policies whatever the cost.
Bruno Verstraete, partner at Lakefield Partners, tells CNBC that equities are more attractive after the gold crash.
Romania expects to pass legislation this week to compensate all owners of property seized under communism, seeking to draw a line under a haunting past more than 20 years after the overthrow of Nicolae Ceausescu.
Cracks are showing in Russia's leadership as a slowdown in the economy is beginning to cause rifts at the heart of the government, with one academic telling CNBC on Thursday that the economy poses the biggest threat to the country's leadership.
Jean-Michel Six, MD and Chief EMEA Economist, tells CNBC that the handling of the Cyprus crisis is very typical European process.
Karen Tso takes you through the European market open where stocks have come in higher.
The European Union could be losing more than 5 billion euros ($6.5 billion) a year from its budget due to fraud, according to a damning new report by the U.K.'s upper house of parliament.
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Tim Graf, head of macro strategy for Europe at State Street Global Markets, says that global confidence, while still high, is deteriorating.
The underlying problems in Europe's southern economies have not been solved, says Hans-Werner Sinn, president at the Ifo Institute. He also criticizes the ECB potential use of quantitative easing.
Nik Stanojevic, equity analyst at Brewin Dolphin, says Iliad's bid to take over T-Mobile U.S. is surprising and that the price is below the U.S. provider's value.